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Société de la Paix de Genève Collection

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-B-Switzerland-Societe de la Paix de Geneve


Printed materials: periodicals and pamphlets; all materials in this collection are in French.


  • Majority of material found in 1830-1839

Language of Material

Materials are in French.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Société de la Paix de Genève; pacifist association founded in Switzerland by Count Jean-Jacques de Sellon (1782-1839), who was of Huguenot descent and a member of Geneva's Council of Representatives. He was a supporter of Napoleon. In 1830 he founded the Société des Amis de la Paix de Genève, the first continental European peace society. Sellon believed that socially elite classes must be part of reform movements. His writings expressed his convictions: condemnation of permanent, standing armies; condemnation of aggressive warfare but legitimacy of defensive war; support for an international agency to mediate against war; a reciprocal guarantee of peace among nations. He supported free trade and the abolition of the death penalty, arguing against it in his own works and translating writings of other anti-death penalty advocates into French. In 1833, the Society claimed about 29 branches; works were published in French, English, German, Italian, and Latin.


0.21 Linear Feet (2.5 linear inches.)


Materials are arranged chronologically.

General Note

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the archives of this organization.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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